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Wild, Woolly and Wow: Best of Glacier Bay

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Embark on an Alaskan cruise aboard Wilderness Legacy, departing from Juneau. Upon embarkation, savor a welcome cocktail as the captain and crew introduce the week's itinerary. Wake up in Hobart Bay, nestled within the Tongass National Forest, where options abound for paddling, hiking, and wildlife spotting. Encounter the awe-inspiring La Conte Glacier Fjord, a rare gem accessible only to smaller vessels like ours. Choose your adventure, whether kayaking among icebergs or soaking in the serene beauty of the fjord. Explore Thomas Bay, offering hiking trails and opportunities to spot wildlife like whales and bears. Visit Kuiu Island for encounters with black bears and sea otters and thrilling snorkeling experiences. Experience Glacier Bay National Park, where remote landscapes seek exploration through kayaking, hiking, and more. Conclude the journey with a full day of activities in Glacier Bay before returning to Juneau
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Highlights
  • Explore parts of Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Discover spectacular LeConte and Baird Glaciers.
  • Enjoy wildlife searches - Humpback, orca, seals, bears, moose, puffins, and other sea birds.
  • Experience Alaska's most active adventures.
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Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Juneau, Alaska | Embark

Board the Wilderness Legacy just in time for a welcome cocktail or glass of champagne before dinner. The captain and crew will introduce themselves and provide an overview of the adventure that awaits this week with a kick-off toast! 

Day 2: Hobart Bay

Wake up in Hobart Bay, deep within the Tongass National Forest – tucked into a calm pocket of water where you can take your first paddle, skiff ride, hike, or bike. There’s nobody here but us, and we have options that fit any activity order you can dream of. As the day unfolds, set out on a skiff expedition, offering an intimate encounter with the bay's wildlife; a chance to witness majestic eagles soaring gracefully overhead. For avid cyclists, a thrilling mountain bike excursion awaits, beckoning you to explore the hidden depths of the lush forest. A locally sourced meal awaits you back on the boat, so don’t be afraid to go big on your first full day. 

Day 3: La Conte Glacier Fjord, Wilderness Area

There is something in the water. The Wilderness Legacy glides through a tight waterway–sheer cliffs on either side of the fjord lead to the southernmost tidewater glacier in the Northern Hemisphere.LeConte Glacier is rarely seen as large cruise ships can’t get here. This is our special corner of Alaska for the day, and you get to choose your own adventure. Grab a paddle and go for a kayak or even a paddleboard if conditions permit. Jump in a skiff and cruise among icebergs that can tower over the Legacy herself. This is a place of deep wonder and reverence for the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people; pause and listen to the sounds surrounding you – this is where you belong today.

Day 4: Thomas Bay, Land of the Kushtaka

Mist hangs in the air. The soft exhale of a whale wakes you from your well-deserved slumber. The anchor drops into the milky blue waters of Thomas Bay as the summer sun cuts through the mist and the fog lifts. You hear it before you see it – a profound amount of water cuts through the forest in a series of waterfalls known as Cascade Creek. This is a favorite location for crew – one of the very few accessible trails in Southeast Alaska. Not to be missed, we have a hiking challenge to suit any skill level. After your foray into the woods, head back to the Legacy for a hearty meal as the boat repositions to the other side of Thomas Bay for new adventures. Water access is unmatched here, a kayak to a salmon run or skiff tour in search of bears wraps up your day. 

Day 5: Kuiu Island

The west side of Kuiu Island is our playground for the day. We're in the black-bear country now, and Kuiu Island plays host to the densest population of the iconic species on the planet. Tucked into the Bay of Pillars, the waters are calm and filled with the smallest marine mammal on earth – the sea otter. Rafts of otters float by – unperturbed by our presence and about as cute as one might imagine them to be. Humpback whales patrol the reefs in search of schools of herring–resident bubble-netters are a rare and exciting sight. The cold, nutrient-rich waters provide opportunities not just for above-water activities. Try your hand at a snorkel (we have the warmest wetsuits in the industry, fear not) and unlock an entire universe of discovery as you discover the most diverse population of sea stars on earth, a surprise to many who visit this place. The cold water is forgotten for a moment as you're transported into what can only be described as a "cold water tropical reef." The Pacific transforms into the wildest touch-tank you can imagine. 

Day 6: Brown Bear Search Near the Shores of Chichagof Island

Welcome to the crown jewel of Southeast Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park. Today, we'll drop anchor in one of three remote areas within this extraordinary place, venturing into the rarely explored landscapes of Fern Harbor, Dundas Bay, or No Name Cove near Excursion Inlet. The day is dedicated to immersive activities, starting with early morning kayak and birding excursions into the park. The possibilities include kayaking, paddleboarding, skiff expeditions, hiking, leisurely beach strolls, and more. Get off for an "All-Day" Yak & Whack–deep into the backcountry of one of the most remote national parks in the country. This UNESCO Heritage site is filled with opportunity, and it's yours for the taking. Back onboard after a full day (dare we say a full week), your expedition team shares photos from the week, which we sent to you as our parting gift. Lift the anchor and make way for Juneau.

Day 7: Glacier Bay National Park

Welcome to the crown jewel of Southeast Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park. Today, we'll drop anchor in one of three remote areas within this extraordinary place, venturing into the rarely explored landscapes of Fern Harbor, Dundas Bay, or No Name Cove near Excursion Inlet. The day is dedicated to immersive activities, starting with early morning kayak and birding excursions into the park. The possibilities include kayaking, paddleboarding, skiff expeditions, hiking, leisurely beach strolls, and more. Get off for an “All-Day” Yak & Whack–deep into the backcountry of one of the most remote national parks in the country. This UNESCO Heritage site is filled with opportunity and yours for the taking. Back onboard after a full day (dare we say a whole week), your expedition team shares photos from the week, which we sent to you as our parting gift. Lift the anchor and make way for Juneau.

Day 8: Juneau | Disembark

Welcome back to Juneau. Enjoy your last breakfast aboard. Check your cabin's nook and cranny for all your things and say farewell to the crew as you disembark.

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Cabins 103, 104, 319, 320 (double bed), View window, private bath with shower. 103 and 104 may be sold as single occupancy. Your cabin comes complete with a hairdryer, towels, eco-friendly hair and body products.
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Cabins 105, 106 (double) 311 (queen) 107 - 111 (twin) 206 - 210 (twin) 303 - 308, 312-318 (twin). View window, private bath with shower. hairdryer, towels, eco-friendly hair and body products.
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  • 7 Nights Accommodations
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  • Premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines)
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